Not all national sports academies are the same. But nothing beats the Filipino Sports Academy, which was approved by an act of Congress and scheduled for foundation.
June Navarro vom Inquirer reported on the long-awaited national sports academy, which should be received with enthusiasm by all sectors.
"The academy is affiliated to the DepEd (Ministry of Education) in close coordination with the Filipino Sports Commission," Navarro reported.
He pointed to the main campus in New Clark City, with the Bases Conversion and Development Authority providing the land.
Who will monitor and manage it?
“It is managed by a managing director for six years. The ED is appointed by the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, which is made up of the DepEd Secretary (Chairman) and the Chairman (Deputy Chairman) [Philippine Sports Commission]. Members – Executive Director, [Philippine Olympic Committee] President, [Commission on Higher Education] Chairman and two representatives from the private sector with known expertise in the field of sport. "
What about the budget?
"No proposed budget yet, but the money will come from the DepEd GAA."
The report referred to spokesman Alan Peter Cayetano as one of the authors of the Congress and Senator Sonny Angara in the Senate.
It is a monumental task to officially open the national sports academy.
"The PSK really needs to be fully involved, we cannot leave it under the care of the DepEd," said Navarro.
The passage of the law on the national sports academy was painfully long overdue.
But have the main supporters at least bothered to take a look at the national sports academies of the super sports powers like China and Australia?
The Philippine Sports Academy, which is threatened by the country's current health crisis, should be seen as the development of a vaccine to attack and compensate for the deep-seated decline in Philippine sport.
Isn't it discouraging that those who are behind the planned establishment of the national sports academy seem to be willing and willing to set up a regular clinic or kindergarten center instead of an urgently needed general hospital?
The Philippine Sports Academy is the only academy of its kind in the world.
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